Norwich City boss Chris Hughton confirmed after tonight’s 1-1 Premier League draw against Tottenham he wants Leeds’ prolific hitman Luciano Becchio – and the Canaries have not conceded defeat in their attempts to land Celtic’s Gary Hooper.

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Becchio is poised to make the switch from Elland Road with Steve Morison going in the opposite direction ahead of the January window closing tomorrow at 11pm.

City did complete a deal for Sporting Kansas striker Kei Kamara earlier today, subject to obtaining international clearance, with the Sierra Leone international moving on an initial loan switch which could lead to a permanent deal. Hughton admitted the Canaries are set for a hectic end to the window, with Becchio set to follow Kamara to Norfolk.

“The clubs are in discussion and that is one I hope gets done,” said the City chief, who distanced the club from speculation linking him with his former Birmingham centre-back Curtis Davies. “Whether Steve Morison has to be part of the deal or not, I don’t know, but that is the way the talks are going. All I know is we are in discussions with Leeds. We hope that can be concluded. With Hooper everyone knows where we are with him. We have put in bids that have been turned down (by Celtic). That is their prerogative. He is a very important play for them. Whether anything else happens, I don’t know. Do I think there will be any other business done? I don’t think so. The striking department was the most important one so I don’t expect anything else to happen apart from the ones we are looking at.”

Hughton revealed he is relishing the prospect of working with powerful frontman Kamara.

“We are just working on a work permit and a visa but he is a player who has done very, very well in the MLS over the last few seasons,” he said. “He has had a lot of assists and he will give us another dimension in forward areas and I am quite excited to work with him. I have seen him and anyone coming from a different country or a different division it is about how quickly they can settle in. We are not just taking an average player from that division, we are taking someone who has excelled in recent seasons. How quickly he can adapt and how much he can give us remains to be seen.”

The 28-year-old had a trial at Premier League rivals Stoke earlier this season without being offered a contract at the Britannia, and Kamara is determined to take his big chance.

“It is a very bittersweet day as I am excited to achieve one of my goals, which was to play in the English Premier League,” Kamara told Kansas City’s official site. “Being such a positive person, I trust in this decision and am thankful for the opportunity to play at Norwich City through the end of their season. I am grateful for the coaching staff at Sporting KC and especially Peter (Vermes) for believing in me and helping me through this process.”

Hughton can now switch his attentions to the final hours of tomorrow’s window after grabbing a spirited point against Tottenham. Gareth Bale’s superb solo run denied City all three points after Wes Hoolahan had put Norwich in command in the opening period at Carrow Road.

“Obviously disappointed to give that lead away,” he said. “It was difficult for us in that period because Tottenham have such offensive quality it is difficult to sustain it for 90 minutes. We needed a real top save from Mark Bunn late on but I genuinely thought we were going to hold out. It took a wonder strike from a world-class player. We could pick holes in where the play started and whether we could have stopped it at source but occasionally you have to hold your hands up and think it is a top goal from a top player.

“I was pleased with the intensity. What a lot of people forget is that it is difficult to sustain that over the course of a season. You just hope when we have your dips, you pick up points. We didn’t from four close games. What delighted me was that the level of performance was back to our good run.”

Spurs’ counterpart Andre Villas-Boas criticised City midfielder Alex Tettey’s attempt to halt Bale in the build-up to Tottenham’s leveller but Hughton was quick to defend the Norwegian.

“The way Bale went past him there didn’t seem to be too much wrong with him to me,” said Hughton. “I am disappointed with that because I don’t think Alex got anywhere near him.”

20 comments

  • Feeling much better this morning. Played very well last night and some great individual displays, particularly from Bassong, Turner, Johnson and Snodgrass. Spurs were really restricted and did not look like Champions League contenders. Defoe, Lennon and several others looked very ordinary. As for Bale, well he did very little but one bit of magic did it for them and we should remember that Bale has done that to much bigger clubs than us - Barcelona and Real Madrid would not be looking at him unless he is a bit special. Now, let's get into QPR and the timing could be good for us as they are now introducing a number of new signings.

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    Kent Anglian

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • There's no need to be calling each other morons, please reserve such language for the trolls. I agree with sprowstonboy. At least we have moved on from re-cycling Peterborough players to re-cycling Leeds.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Agree, Swiss. If Steady On has an insight into the workings of transfer system denied to the rest of us, it would be kind of him to maybe post a short synopsis on those mechanisms. Of course, we`ll all be too thick to understand anyway. Probably.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • I think we're waiting on Birmingham. Once we can get a deal secured form them for davies we'll know how much we have for Hooper. Potentially fitting in Jackson to Wolves for cash.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • There is one simple question - why was back ground work not done in the Autumn to ensure deals would be done. Becchio was a no brainer months ago.

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    Soglio Star

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Morons ,,,,,,,,,"steady on" , really. Everyone is entitled to their opinion , and the general consensus was we needed a proven goalscorer at this level . Becchio is unproven beyond the championship , Kamara again unproven , but both could surprise us . Letting Davies get away would be a bad move , perfect partner for Bassong .

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    mjc75

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Another purchase from Leeds? Do we get a special rate, buy two get one free or a bulk discount? I agree with AVB, Tettey's attempt to stop Bale was terrible. He should have taken him out with a higher "tackle".

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    Sprowstonboy

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • I'm still in a pessimistic mood after that display. While the first half was encouraging the second was inevitably defensive and in the end I think it's 2 points lost again. It will be interesting to see what Hughton does with these new strikers, I'm hoping we will at least try playing 2 upfront. The service to horse & hool was dodgey at best, how bad were the conditions really? The ESPN commentator kept going on about how bad it was out there, was it that windy? Anyway hope they do better against QPR cus I'm watching the game with my QPR friend and if you think we have it bad try listening to the moans about their team!! I still have faith in Hughton but it's been tried a little lately . OTBC

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • I would have taken this result before the game. However it's definately 2 points dropped. Spurs were there for the taking in the 1st half but again we lacked that killer instinct. It showed early in the 1st half when Johnson could have put a simple ball through and we would have had 2 guys in on goal. Yet he decides to go for glory with a chip. We really lack that quality in the final 3rd. We need another 12 points to consider being safe. Our home games against Fulham, Saints, Reading and VIlla are must wins.

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    Oz Canary

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Just seen that Middlesbrough have agreed a £5m fee for Danny Graham , third bid for Hooper rejected . Go for Graham £5m is a steal . Wouldn't give Wolves a dose of the clap let alone Jackson .

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    mjc75

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Good, things seem to be looking up (touch wood).

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    chirpy

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • You're not telling me that Hooper wouldn't prefer to pit his wits against the likes of Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe as opposed to Tosh McTavish or Jimmy McSporron. Anyway £8m is far too much.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Its another point. Still think we will not be bottom 3 by end of season.. So its Kamara: the unknown quantity on loan; Becchio for Morison on a swap deal, and Celtic again saying our bids for Hooper dont cut it---- will we go back a fourth time?. Seems to me we have 2 strikers in, one out and the Carrow Road coffers not being plundered, unless dramatic happenings in the next 18 hours.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Good to see the lads come out fighting after the debacle at the weekend. We played with a real intensity in the first half and were only undone by a flash of brilliance from Bale as Spurs didn't really trouble our defence. Looks like Leeds are continuing the feeder club tradition that we seem to have built up. If Becchio is in the same mould as Johnson and Snodgrass we may have got ourselves a good deal It was time for Morison to move on.Hope he does well He was great for us in the first part of last season but since then he has definitely fallen away.

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    Flying Canary

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • I see we still have a lot of morons on here that don't know how football transfers work... Becchio is a good signing, today will be very interesting.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • A lot better - it had to be. Snods even crossed with his spare foot (right)! Went a bit defensive 2nd half, but at least we were not pulverised. If Tettey had touched Bale in the penalty area like that, it would`ve been a "hit the deck\penalty". As it was GB kept going & scored. That was preventable. 3 points from QPR on Sat would be great. Still 7 points above trapdoor. Fingers crossed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • We were fantastic the first half. But why do we always drop back so much in the second half to defend a. 1 goal lead. The times of Lambert come back to me.. Frantically waving his hands forward to get players forward.

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    Canarylem

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • CH got the troops back in order, much improved from recent weeks, QPR is a critical 'no lose' game Saturday!! Still keep rattling on about Curtis Davies, even Wolves have had a bid turned down!! It would be a travesty for him to go elsewhere for around 1.5 million, But anyway should be more optimism after last night and lets keep it that way! OTBC.

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    johnnyp

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Well played City. Holt did fantastically well to keep the ball in and to stay out of an offside position for the goal. Extraordinary comment from AVB, Tettey tried to get the ball, couldn't and Bale continued. Was that really his comment or a bit of journalistic license? I would have liked to have seen us a little bolder at the end but I can appreciate CH's choice to keep stable. Bunn pulled off some excellent stops and is building a better relationship with the defence. Must get some joy at Loftus Road. OTBC.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Now then Chaps, a 150% improvement from the lads last night, it bodes well for the rest of the season, what? Just goes to show, high tempo and an up and at 'em style of football is what we need to survive. 'They don't like it up em Sir'!'

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    General Norwich

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

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